The Cure’s Robert Smith has confirmed not only that he will be performing at his own curated Meltdown Festival in June, but also more names have been added to the already swelling line-up.
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The annual Meltdown Festival is held at London’s Southbank Centre and is a mixture of music, art, performance and film. An established musician or artist curates the festival. Previous curators have included Nick Cave, Morrissey and David Bowie among many others.
The first wave of artists named for Meltdown 2018 included Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist.
The latest additions to the festival, which runs 15 - 24 June, include The Church, Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Jambinai Loop, Moon Duo The Twilight Sad, iLiKETRAiNS, Suzanne Vega and Yonaka.
Discussing his selection process for the festival, Robert Smith told BBC 6 Music in a rare interview that he’d aimed high in efforts to secure the best possible line-up. Approaching The Rolling Stones, he was told that the veteran rockers already had their own tour in place.
He also revealed that in common with previous curators, he himself would perform on the closing Sunday of the festival – though not as The Cure, despite playing a set made up his band’s songs, and probably played by its members.
“It will be me and four other people that I know really well, and some others,” he said. He also promised versions of well known songs with “different instrumentation” that would be “a little bit more weird” and “completely different to the Hyde Park show.”
As previously reported on Gigwise, The Cure are set to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a massive concert in Hyde Park on 7 July. Special guests on the line up include Interpol, Goldfrapp, Ride, Editors, Slowdive and The Twilight Sad.